Best New Restaurant
It didn’t take long for Nuka to catch the attention of MauiTime’s eaters. The new Haiku sushi restaurant has a certain way with food, which our voters found was something to celebrate. The Haiku restaurant, which opened early this year, has an inviting dining room that overlooks an open kitchen where patrons can watch Chef Hiro’s sushi artistry with house-milled rice, vegetables and fresh fish. Nuka pays homage to Japanese cooking but brings it to a level well worth driving to Haiku. 780 Haiku Rd.; 808-575-2939; Nukamaui.com. @jenrusso
Runner-up: Fleetwoods on Front St.